Average Bench: 66.3% (160th of 1015)

more Based on 12,584 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0B1, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZY0, WD20PURX-68P8ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-25T0FY0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64P, WDC WD20PURX-70P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-69PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P, WDC WD20 PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6EY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64EFGY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64GVNY0, WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNYO, WDC WD20PURX-60P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P

The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

Above average average bench

The WD Purple 2TB (2014) averaged 33.7% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.89MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.18MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Purple 2TB (2014) is 42.8%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Purple 2TB (2014) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 61.1MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 113MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 12,584 samples)
Min Avg Max
69.8 Read 118 153
69.9 Write 114 145
34.8 Mixed 61.1 77.2
62.6 SusWrite 113 149
74.3% 101 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.73 0.9
0.95 4K Write 2.18 2.7
0.5 4K Mixed 0.89 1
170% 1.27 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1.5TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 98 140 138 139 137 139 MB/s
Read 145
Write 127
Mixed 72.2
SusWrite 132
87% 119 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 0.9
177% 1.4 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 139 138 139 141 140 137 MB/s
Read 129
Write 129
Mixed 71.4
SusWrite 139
86% 117 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1
187% 1.4 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 93 95 97 95 96 93 MB/s
Read 102
Write 95
Mixed 52
SusWrite 94.7
63% 85.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.8
155% 1.2 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 34,992,572 HDDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $93 @ launch in Jul '14
AmazonUS $705 mins
EbayUS $8027 mins
BHPhotoUS $803 years
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Typical Purple 2TB (2014) Builds (Compare 15,383 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 90%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $228

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - Good Total price: $971

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